Boy Scouts Lose Efforts To Protect Abuse Files
Oregon court permits release of “ineligible volunteer” files, Idaho court orders production of “perversion” records for discovery
The Boy Scouts of America has recently lost two efforts to keep confidential its internal records of volunteers accused of sexual abuse. Several decades of records were, or could be, used to support damage claims by men seeking to impose liability on the Scouts for abuse. The Oregon Supreme Court has affirmed a trial court decision to open redacted files to the media upon the conclusion of a case in which a jury returned a verdict against the Scouts for $1.4 million in compensatory damages and $18 million in punitives.
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